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Youth Services

Parenting Resources

The Cromaine District Library offers several regular storytime programs to encourage reading and promote early literacy.  Check our online schedule to sign-up!

Early Literacy & Reading

  • Birth to Six: A free online newsletter with resources that help children to get ready for and succeed in school.
  • Disney Digital Books - 500 new and classic Disney books to read online. A paid service with a 7 day free trial.
  • Early Childhood Literacy: Ways for parents to build a child's early literacy skill. Help on choosing good books, reading aloud, and becoming a language rich home.
  • Get Ready to Read!: From the National Center for Learning Disabilities' early literacy web site.  This is designed to help educators and parents identify difficulties with reading in the critical early stages of a child's development.
  • Zero to Three: Non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the healthy development of babies and young children.
     

Fun & Games

  • Disney Games: Play interactive games with your favorite Disney characters.
  • FamilyFun.com: Playtime games, silly games, family games - your ultimate online game resource.
  • Funology: Jokes and riddles, wacky facts, weird science, and much more!
  • Make Beliefs Comix: Create your own comic strip to print out or email to friends and family.
  • PBS Parents: Read blogs from PBS writers, get ideas for a birthday party, scan some educational materials, or just check the latest PBS television schedule.
  • Peep and the Big Wide World: Go on adventures with Peep and friends, watching videos, listening to music, or playing games!
  • Scratch: Make your own music, movie, or video game.  Wow!
  • Shidonni: Kids can draw animals online and design imaginary worlds!
  • Family Webcomics - FWC provides a place where you can not only view webcomic listings, but evaluate their content based on an extensive list of content elements and attributes.

Health

  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Includes resources for families to explore disorders of thinking, feeling, and/or behavior and finding a psychiatrist.
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: For all your pediatric dentistry needs.
  • The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: Learn about different food allergies and what they mean.
  • Healthy Children: Powered by pediatricians, this site gives parents information about children at different ages, brings up safety issues, healthy living, tips and tools, and more!  Includes a pediatrician finder. 
  • KidsHealth: Have health concerns about your child?  Visit this site with separate pages for children, teens, and parents that explain concepts at the right level.
  • Michigan Yellow Pages for Kids: Links fo associations and businesses throughout Michigan that work with children who have special needs.
  • Zero to Three: Non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the healthy development of babies and young children.
  • SIDS - Back to sleep public education campaign.
  • Healthy Children - Website of the American Academy of Pediatrics dedicated to the health of all children.
  • Michigan Autism Partnership - The authoritative where-to-turn resource in Michigan for young children with autism and the parents and professionals who care for them.

Safety

  • Chat Danger: How to keep safe in chat rooms.
  • Drivers.com: World's leading site on drivers and driver behavior.
  • ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board): Independent board establishes ratings for software games (including PC, MAC, Nintendo DS, X Box).
  • SafeKids: Tips, advice and suggestions to make an online experience fun & productive.
  • Screen It!: Screen It! was created to give parents a way to access the content of popular entertainment their kids are exposed to.  The site offers an unbiased, easy to use, yet heavily detailed and complete look at popular entertainment your kids might see, rent, or buy.
  • A Thin Line: When does text-messaging cross the line into harassment or abuse?  This site is aimed at Teens and discusses issues of control, appropriateness, and abuse when it comes to texting and other social media.
  • Recalls - Children's product recalls.
  • Children's Car Seats - Child safety seat inspection station locator.
  • BabyZone - Safety tips and articles about babies and toddlers.

School, Homework, & Research

Other

  • ALA Great Websites: Great websites for parents, caregivers, teachers and others compiled by the American Library Association.
  • Child.com: Parenting information from the publishers of American Baby, Parents & Family Circle magazines.
  • Connect for Kids: Guidance for grown-ups.
  • Exceptional Websites for Children: Multiple websites tested by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).
  • Hints from Heloise: A site full of online hints about almost everything.
  • The Oppenhein Toy Portfolio: Check out reviews for toys, books, videos, and audio materials by age group, award winners, or item type. 
  • Parent Teacher Association – Involvement: Explore the importance of parent involvement in a child’s life, and all the challenges and benefits that go along with it.
  • Pure Michigan: Michigan travel information, searchable by city, places to stay, things to do, and featured destinations.

Crisis Resources for Parents

RESOURCES TO PREPARE FOR AND RECOVER FROM CRISIS

The following information has been gathered by The Michigan Department of Education. These resources might be useful in discussion with your children:

Detroit Public Television and other local PBS stations are working together to bring trusted, helpful information today and in the days to come - click here to visit their site.

Resources include:

PBS Parents website has detailed information about how children of different ages perceive and respond to upsetting events. You'll find suggestions for helping your child talk about their feelings, as well as strategies to address their fears.

Mr. Rogers discussion with parents on scary news. You can view a short video featuring him in either English or Spanish. Click here.

We suggest this video, from the fall of 2011. Keeping kids safe going to and from school is the topic of this interview, which aired on DPTV in August, featuring DPS Police Chief Roderic Grimes.  

And for a deeper look into teen violence and suicide, a documentary PBS aired called a Cry for Help, has a website with links to a number of resources.

Major State and Federal Resources

Michigan Department of Education's Safe School web site.

U.S. Department of Education bulletin from Secretary Duncan sent at 12/17/2012.

Helping Youth and Children Recover from Traumatic Events from the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center.

National Institute of Mental Health - Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters

Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.

American Association of Pediatrics - Children, Terrorism & Disasters. Includes information about biological, chemical, and nuclear agents, as well as information about the psychological aspects of disasters.

Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools - The US Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools is the federal government's primary vehicle for reducing drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, and violence, through education and prevention activities in our nation's schools. Includes current news, publications, and information about funding opportunities.